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The Marble Falls Economic Development Corp. approved the sale of two properties in the city’s Business and Technology Park in north Marble Falls during its regular Oct. 10 meeting. File photo

Marble Falls EDC approves two property sales in Business and Technology Park

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS The Marble Falls Economic Development Corp. board approved the sales of two properties in the city’s Business and Technology Park during its regular meeting Oct. 10. (more…)

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Tuesday is last day to register to vote for Nov. 6 general elections

Tuesday is last day to register to vote for Nov. 6 general elections

FROM STAFF REPORTS As the Nov. 6 general election nears, residents have only one more day to register to vote. Voter registration for the Nov. 6 general election runs through Tuesday, Oct. 9. You can get a voter registration application at the county elections or county clerk’s offices or at votetexas.gov. (more…)

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U.S. Representative Roger Williams (at the head of the table) met with Marble Falls business and community leaders in August during a round table discussion on issues they face. Williams has made addressing small business concerns a big part of his role while in office. The National Federation of Independent Business recognized the Congressman’s efforts with their ‘Guardian of Small Business’ award. Courtesy photo

Congressman Roger Williams recognized as a ‘Guardian of Small Business’

FROM STAFF REPORTS Congressman Roger Williams who represents the 25th Congressional District of Texas earned a hat trick from the National Federation of Independent Business recently for his continued support of and advocacy on behalf of small businesses in Texas and across the United States. (more…)

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TxDOT road resurfacing projects slated for 2019 in Llano and Blanco counties

FROM STAFF REPORTS Three area road resurfacing projects will move forward in 2019, according to the Texas Department of Transportation. (more…)

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Burnet County Sheriff Calvin Boyd (right) stands outside a patrol vehicle with newly hired Deputy William ‘Tally’ Talamantez in the driver’s seat. Talamantez’s first day was Oct. 1 following his retirement from the Texas Department of Public Safety after 34 years. Boyd hired Talamantez as a new traffic unit that will focus on commercial traffic. Staff photo by Jared Fields

Burnet County Sheriff’s Office hires veteran DPS officer to patrol increased truck traffic

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS Outside the Burnet County Sheriff’s Office, Deputy William “Tally” Talamantez can look at a commercial truck and trailer driving east on Texas 29 and immediately determine it’s in violation. (more…)

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This map shows the stretch of Texas 29 and the phases of construction for a planned Texas Department of Transportation project.

TxDOT plans: Construction on stretch of Texas 29 at $20 million, to continue into 2021

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS Just over 50 people attended Texas Department of Transportation open house Sept. 27 at the East Llano County Annex in Buchanan Dam. (more…)

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Burnet County commissioners accepted a grant to hire an environmental crimes deputy during their regular meeting Sept. 25. Pictured are Precinct 3 Commissioner Billy Wall (left), Precinct 1 Commissioner Jim Luther Jr., Precinct 4 Constable Missy Bindseil, Precinct 2 Commissioner Russell Graeter, Burnet County Judge James Oakley, Environmental Crimes Deputy Chris Cowan, Precinct 2 Constable Garry Adams, Precinct 4 Commissioner Joe Don Dockery, and Precinct 1 Constable Leslie Ray. Staff photo by Jared Fields

Burnet County hires environmental crimes deputy; job first of its kind in Texas

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS Chris Cowan isn’t just a new hire in Burnet County. Filling the newly created environmental crimes deputy position in Burnet County, he’s the first such officer in the state. (more…)

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Burnet County Sheriff Calvin Boyd said he plans to make his decision regarding a mass gathering permit application from UTOPiAfest Down In The Oaks on Oct. 9. Boyd addressed a full courtroom Sept. 25 at the Burnet County Commissioners Court regular meeting. Staff photo by Jared Fields

UTOPiAfest on ‘shaky ground’ as Burnet County sheriff mulls permit for November event

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS As of Sept. 25, Burnet County Sheriff Calvin Boyd had his answer on a mass gathering permit application from UTOPiAfest Down In The Oaks. (more…)

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R.G. Carver (standing, white shirt) presents a map of a proposed boundary for the incorporation of Double Horn on Texas 71 near Spicewood. Carver and residents are seeking a special election to incorporate the community into a city. An election could be held as soon as Dec. 6. Staff photo by Jared Fields

Burnet County could set special election for Double Horn incorporation

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS If all goes as planned, residents of Double Horn subdivision near Spicewood could be able to vote Dec. 6 on whether to incorporate. (more…)

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Information about proposed improvements to a 13-mile stretch of Texas 29 from RR 1431 to RM 2241 will be available at an open house hosted by the Texas Department of Transportation from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27, at the East Llano County Annex, 8347 RR 1431 West in Buchanan Dam. Staff photo by Jared Fields

Proposed plans for stretch of Texas 29 on display at TxDOT open house Sept. 27

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS Residents have two hours Sept. 27 to view proposed plans for improvements to about 13 miles of Texas 29 from RR 1431 to RM 2241 just east of Llano. (more…)

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While Mustang Stadium is typically associated with Marble Falls High School football, the facility actually serves many teams, programs, and events, including the band and commencement ceremonies. After eight years of use, the stadium’s turf and track are showing wear and tear. Marble Falls Independent School District is taking a $55 million bond proposal to voters on Nov. 6 that includes $900,000 for turf and track upgrades. Photo by Martelle Luedecke/Luedecke Photography

New turf at Mustang Stadium part of bond package on ballot; reason is safety, officials say

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO MARBLE FALLS — Just before the 2018 football season started, Wade Whiteside and his son, Braidon, were looking at photos of Mustang Stadium from a few years ago. (more…)

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Officials from the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization, Burnet County, and the Texas Department of Transportation met Sept. 14 at the Burnet County Courthouse for a workshop on CAMPO’s Regional Arterials Plan. The meeting’s discussion focused on identifying new regional roads and recognizing which current small roads might need to be considered arterial. Photo courtesy of James Oakley

CAMPO workshop over Burnet County’s transportation needs

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS BURNET — Officials from Burnet County, the Texas Department of Transportation, and the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization met Sept. 14 to discuss regional transportation needs that are years, even decades, in the future. (more…)

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UTOPiAfest organizers to address Burnet residents’ concerns about music festival

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS BURNET — Burnet County and UTOPiAfest Down In The Oaks music festival organizers are coming together Sept. 19 to provide more information on the Nov. 1-4 event. (more…)

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Burnet County commissioners approve 2018-19 budget, tax rate

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS BURNET — Burnet County commissioners approved a budget and tax rate for the 2018-19 fiscal year during their regular meeting Sept. 11. (more…)

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Tuff Machinery, 3053 U.S. 281 in Marble Falls, has already been affected by construction set to begin this winter on U.S. 281. The construction means property owners along the east side are losing land to the public right of way. Staff photo by Jared Fields

With $7.3M contract awarded, US 281 widening project south of Marble Falls to begin this winter

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS MARBLE FALLS — The Texas Transportation Commission on Sept. 4 awarded a $7.3 million construction contract to widen a nearly 2-mile stretch of U.S. 281 south of Marble Falls. (more…)

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Sen. Ted Cruz in Llano

Cruz hits Republican talking points, throws in basketball and Mars during Llano stop

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS LLANO — U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz spoke on the theme of winning during his campaign stop early Aug. 31 at Cooper’s Old Time Pit Bar-B-Que. Winning with legislation he’s passed and working to win the upcoming general election. But first, he spoke of winning something unusual for most senators: basketball. (more…)

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Sen. Ted Cruz stops for barbecue and campaigning in Llano

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS LLANO — U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz will make a campaign stop in Llano early Aug. 31 for politics and barbecue. (more…)

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Water roars through the four open floodgates at Max Starcke Dam in Marble Falls. On June 2, the Lower Colorado River Authority temporarily closed Inks Lake, Lake LBJ and Lake Marble Falls to recreational boating due to extensive floodgate operations on the Highland Lakes. The LCRA has opened three floodgates at Buchanan Dam as of noon June 2, but a fourth one was slated to be opened at 2 p.m. Go to lcra.org for up-to-date floodgate operations. Staff photo by Daniel Clifton

LCRA records extremely low Highland Lakes inflows this year compared to historic averages

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS MARBLE FALLS — Water inflows so far this year from the Highland Lakes watershed into lakes Buchanan, Inks, LBJ, Marble Falls, Travis, and Austin have been just 12.3 percent of historic averages. (more…)

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Burnet County received the 2017 Gold Star Safety Award from the Texas Association of Counties Risk Management Pool. The county was one of only nine in the entire state to receive the award, given for safety in the workplace and controlling workers’ compensation claims. Pictured are Burnet County Precinct 1 Commissioner Jim Luther Jr. (left), Precinct 2 Commissioner Russell Graeter, Burnet County Judge James Oakley, Larry Boccaccio of Texas Association of Counties, Precinct 3 Commissioner Billy Wall, and Precinct 4 Commissioner Joe Don Dockery. Staff photo by Jared Fields

Burnet County receives workplace safety award; commissioners vote to approve EMS contract

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS BURNET — Burnet County commissioners accepted an award, kept the burn ban in place, and approved contracts during their regular meeting Aug. 28. (more…)

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Burnet school district voters pass tax ratification election by huge margin

Burnet school district voters pass tax ratification election by huge margin

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON BURNET — Burnet Consolidated Independent School District voters overwhelmingly passed the tax ratification election Aug. 25 by a 90 percent margin. (more…)

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Marble Falls pushes for legislation giving cities more power over permits in ETJs

Marble Falls pushes for legislation giving cities more power over permits in ETJs

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS MARBLE FALLS — In an ongoing effort to address permitting issues within Marble Falls’s extraterritorial jurisdiction, the city on Aug. 21 passed a resolution to seek help from the Texas Municipal League to recommend legislation. (more…)

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June Oliver (center), the Democratic nominee for Texas's 25th congressional district, is holding a town hall meeting at 3 p.m. Aug. 25 at Westside Park Community Hall, 1704 Second St. in Marble Falls. Burnet County Democratic Party Chair Marti Pogue (left) and Marble Falls resident Shirley Schmidt helped plan the town hall. The free event is open to the public. Courtesy photo

Democratic congressional candidate Julie Oliver holding Marble Falls town hall

  CORRECTION: In a previous version of this story, Democratic congressional candidate Julie Oliver was incorrectly referred to as June Oliver. We apologize for the error.   FROM STAFF REPORTS MARBLE FALLS — Congressional candidate Julie Oliver is holding a town hall meeting at 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25, at Westside Park Community Hall, and […]

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U.S. Rep. Roger Williams (at the head of the table) held a round table discussion Aug. 23 with Marble Falls leaders. Williams, who represents the Texas's 25th congressional district, has made it a priority during his time in office to work on behalf of small businesses and 'Main Street America.' Courtesy photo

Congressman Roger Williams in Marble Falls for business-focused round table

FROM STAFF REPORTS MARBLE FALLS — U.S. Rep. Roger Williams continued his whirlwind tour of Texas’s 25th congressional district with a stop in Marble Falls on Aug. 23. (more…)

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Early voting for BCISD Tax Ratification Election ends Aug. 21; election day Aug. 25

Early voting for BCISD Tax Ratification Election ends Aug. 21; election day Aug. 25

FROM STAFF REPORTS BURNET — Burnet Consolidated Independent School District voters still have a day of early voting for the Tax Ratification Election. Early voting runs through Tuesday, Aug. 21. (more…)

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U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke talks about his vision for the country during a stop at Quail Point Lodge in Horseshoe Bay on Aug. 16. The El Paso congressman is challenging U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz for his seat in the Nov. 6 general election. Staff photo by Daniel Clifton

Democrat O’Rourke attracts big town hall crowd in Republican Horseshoe Bay

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON HORSESHOE BAY —  As Dana Rushing began planning for Democrat Beto O’Rourke’s town hall Aug. 16 at Quail Point, she thought 100 chairs would be enough, maybe 150. (more…)

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Eight, 55-gallon barrels were dumped into the North Fork of the San Gabriel River just behind Joppa Church. Officials are asking for anyone with information about the illegal dumping to contact the Burnet County Sheriff’s Office or Hill Country Crime Stoppers. Courtesy photo by James Oakley

Officials investigate barrels dumped in San Gabriel River behind Joppa Church

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS JOPPA — Eight, 55-gallon barrels were dumped over a steep embankment earlier this month near Joppa Church, bouncing off trees along the way before splashing down in the North Fork of the San Gabriel River. (more…)

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